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AFC North draft truths revealed

Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:31 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Baltimore Ravens

2nd round, Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
We’re not sure we want to re-sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and we need a downfield playmaker anyway. Plus, Derrick Mason can’t play forever…right?

3rd round, Jah Reid, OT, UCFA. Dalton (US Presswire)
Jared Gaither is far too flaky to bank on, and we prefer to play Marshall Yanda at guard.

4th round, Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
We’re aware of the Torrey Smith-Darrius Heyward-Bey comparisons.

Cincinnati Bengals

1st round, A.J Green, WR, Georgia
We’re as sick of Chad Ochocinco as everyone else.

2nd round, Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
We’re not going to give an inch with Carson Palmer. Problem is, we don’t think he’ll give an inch with us either.

3rd round, Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
We’re not sure Michael Johnson has the ability or drive to be a stud starting linebacker. And we might be starting to realize the same thing about Keith Rivers.

Cleveland Browns

1st round, Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
We need defensive linemen in the worst of ways. Taylor is perfect because he’s Shaun Rogers without being Shaun Rogers.

2nd round, Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
Why spend a first-round pick on Julio Jones when you can get a handful of extra picks and a player who, talent-wise, is not all that far off from Jones? All it takes is a little maneuvering and a slight willingness to overlook character concerns.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2nd round, Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
At some point offensive line coach Sean Kugler won’t have the patience of Job and will start pounding his fists on the table.

3rd round, Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Yeah, yeah, we know about Green Bay’s spread formations in the Super Bowl. But a third-round pick isn’t going to do the trick. That’s why we’re praying we can re-sign Ike Taylor.

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Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:08 pm

AFC North draft truths revealed

The Steelers have trouble in the playoffs? They have 6 Super Bowl titles. I think that's the record. They went to the Super Bowl this year. Also the Ravens have a title. You sir, are an idiot.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:36 pm

AFC North draft truths revealed

I think Pittsburgh would count as a team that goes deep in the playoffs and wins their fair share of titles, six I think. The Ravens rarely dominate in the regular season unless 10-6 is dominate. I think the Ravens are a step below Pittsburgh. The Bengals and Browns well being a Bengals fan for 40 years, I look forward to spring training every year about October.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 6:19 pm

AFC North draft truths revealed

The AFC North is probably one of the more confused divisions in the NFL. The Bengals and Browns are always struggling to reach .500 while the Steelers and Ravens dominate in the regular season but have trouble in the playoffs...against lesser competition no less. So it is not surprising to learn that they take their draft cues from other teams. Apparently, these teams don't know what players they should draft so they take their cues from rumors surrounding other teams. If a certain team wants a certain FB or QB then the Browns and Bengals will draft that player...whether that college player is best suited for the team.


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